FTE: 40 Hrs/WK = 1 FTE
Pay Rate: $25.97 per hour
APPLICATION PROCESS - Please submit a cover letter and resume for this position when applying.
AT YOUTHCARE: We value hard work and dedication to helping young people experiencing homelessness move from survival mode into thriving and healthy young adulthood. We also value a sense of humor and respect of each other and the young people we serve. YouthCare serves young people of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and religious beliefs, and we seek a workforce that reflects that diversity.
ABOUT YOUTHCARE: YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 by providing a continuum of care that includes homelessness prevention, street outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Founded in 1974 as a three-bed emergency shelter program, our continuum now operates across nine locations and a variety of community-based partnerships. Several of our programs are national models, and we are a leader locally and across the country in serving runaway young people and young people experiencing homelessness , as well as young people who have experience sexual exploitation.
POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Program Manager II – Career and Internship Planning Services, the Workforce Integration Specialist will be responsible for managing the day-to-day relationships with hiring managers at Climate Pledge Arena (CPA) and Kraken Training Center (KTC). Also, they will serve as the primary liaison between YouthCare’s Seattle City Light/King County Youth Source Service Location, CPA/KTC Service/Employment Location, and YouthCare’s Education and Employment Programming to identify, recruit, enroll, train, and support a cohort of youth graduating from YouthCare’s Tier II and Tier IV programs seeking employment and enrollment into the CPA/KTC Employment Training Program. This includes but is not limited to coordinating and completing youth enrollment, hiring paperwork, and other elements of program operations (including ongoing file keeping, data entry, credit card management, etc.). The Workforce Integration Specialist works alternating days in program and later-afternoons/evenings on the job site in overseeing the successful integration of enrolled clients into the workforce at CPA/KTC. This position is responsible for cohort outcomes relating to education attainment, industry certifications, job retention, and career placement; designing and facilitating several group-based Sector-Focused and Job Readiness Training Workshops (cohort + individual) each week, providing on-site job coaching/support during youth shifts, implementing ongoing training and support for their onsite managers in effective supervision strategies for our youth, and facilitating the completion of each client’s individual development/service plan; including identifying and removing barriers to education and employment success, ensuring youth complete their educational goals, and overseeing career and post-secondary exploration, navigation, and AfterCare planning for each client. The position will utilize business development and customer relationship management best practices to support all Education and Employment programs in meeting their employment outcome goals while supporting the continued development and integration of YouthCare’s employment programs, across five tiers of services, to prepare youth for success leading up to and beyond YouthCare Academy. The Workforce Integration Specialist supports beyond YouthCare’s staff and CPA/KTC by providing employer linkages to external agencies in collaboration with the Employer Engagement Specialist, as well as supporting agency efforts to provide trauma informed supervision/employer training to external employers who are interested in hiring graduates from the CPA/KTC Employment Training Program in their organization.
- Experience developing private-sector jobs for young people and building and maintaining relationships with employers.
- Proven negotiation and advocacy skills on behalf of young people with multiple challenges.
- Ability to establish rapport and relate sensitively to a multiracial and multicultural group of young people.
- Ability to navigate a database to track essential work-related information and generate reports.
- Experience providing individual and group-based education and job readiness instruction to diverse groups of learners.
- Experience in planning and conducting training sessions or workshops for employers and other partners.
- High School Diploma, GED, or associate degree in Human Services, Social Work, or another related field.
- Experience and credentials must comply with program contract requirements
- BA in a relevant field plus two years experience in job development, placement, external relations and employer relations.
- Awareness of employment laws and policies in Seattle, King County, Washington State, and nationally.
- Ability and willingness to operate a 15-passenger van to transport youth as assigned including a driving record that meets or exceeds our insurance and agency requirements.
- It is crucial this role demonstrate an ability to understand the complex social-systemic factors that contribute to youth homelessness and effectively lead youth with lived experience through programming; candidates with lived experience in alternative education and employment training programs, homelessness, the juvenile justice system, and/or the child welfare system are strongly encouraged to apply.